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Jul 16 2012

Congratulations, Ed Clint (Updated)

It’s been a long, busy time in the making, but Ed Clint’s new parody site, FreethoughtBLAHgs (NSFW in parts) is finally live.

Sure, some of the comments have yet to be filled in, but the obsessive, grinding work that’s already gone into this is truly impressive.

I am a little disappointed, though, that Nearly Zirconium didn’t make the cut after being considered. But hey, there was already so much time and energy that must have gone into this little labor of love. Why, the time it must have taken to come up with the name Skeptic Hunt alone had to have been impressive.

So I won’t complain. Instead, I’ll just lend a hand to making sure Ed gets all the credit he so richly deserves for making this happen. Won’t you join me?

Update: I’m told that Ed Clint is denying that he’s responsible for this site, though he doesn’t seem to be doing so publicly. PZ is taking Ed’s word for it. I am not, but I’m fine with PZ or anyone else making that decision for themselves. That’s a risk I take in using protected sources. I know who they are and what they’ve seen, but you don’t. All you have is the knowledge that I knew this was coming:

And what I said in the comments here:

I know it’s him for the same reason I know what the parody of me would have been titled had it made the cut. Sources I trust came to me before it went live to tell me he had it in the works. So I’ve been waiting to see it for a little while.

I’m not naming those sources unless I have to for legal reasons, because this does seem to bear out Ed’s reputation for being vindictive. Making the names public would be a bad way to repay a warning. So you get to decide whether to trust me on this.

I think this amount of work spent on a project of this sort is newsworthy. I’m willing to rely on the information I have without revealing my sources. Nobody else is required to agree with me on either of these things.

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  1. 1
    Comradde PhysioProffe

    No fucken PhysioProffe!?!?!?!?

  2. 2
    Stephanie Zvan

    D00d, fake recipes are hard.

  3. 3
    Ben Zvan

    I’d make some specific comment about how dumb something on the site is, but I can barely load the site to begin with. I bet five kittens with iPhones could DDoS the thing.

  4. 4
    Stephanie Zvan

    Ben, I’m really hoping it stays up. I’d like everyone to see it for themselves.

  5. 5
    Jason Thibeault

    I for one wish great success for Ed Clint’s new venture. I am certain that this parody will provide a venue for some excellent counterarguments to some of our posts, and will serve to further discourse about important topics.

  6. 6
    Alyson Miers

    What is that I don’t even.

  7. 7
    Stephanie Zvan

    That’s not a bad description, Alyson.

  8. 8
    tigzy

    I guess you’re just beyond parody, Physioprof.

    That site is as funny as feckitty :D

  9. 9
    Cuttlefish

    Needs more rhyme.

  10. 10
    Simon

    How do we know it’s him?

  11. 11
    Stephanie Zvan

    I know it’s him for the same reason I know what the parody of me would have been titled had it made the cut. Sources I trust came to me before it went live to tell me he had it in the works. So I’ve been waiting to see it for a little while.

    I’m not naming those sources unless I have to for legal reasons, because this does seem to bear out Ed’s reputation for being vindictive. Making the names public would be a bad way to repay a warning. So you get to decide whether to trust me on this.

  12. 12
    Simon

    Thank you for clarifying.

  13. 13
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    I know I remember Ed Clint from somewhere but I cannot place it. Who was this buffoon again?

  14. 14
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    Cross-posted from Pharyngula Strangula,

    That site gave me the biggest laugh I’ve had on Pharyngula in a while. Looks like I’ve got a date tonight. Me, a bottle of whiskey, a joint, and Freethoughtblahgs. I wonder what will give out first, my desk, or my head?

    So much time and effort wasted thoughtfully spent bringing me pure joy at the expense of idiots.

  15. 15
    Xanthë, Amy of my threads

    o_O

    Well, that’s special. Almost impressive.

  16. 16
    Kels

    Who the heck is he parodying, FTB or the haters? Far as I can tell, it’s only making the latter look bad.

  17. 17
    Stephanie Zvan

    This may be where you remember Ed from: http://freethoughtblogs.com/blaghag/2011/11/yep-i-have-no-life/

  18. 18
    Jason Thibeault

    Kels @17: I’d suspect he’s actually trying to parody us, the bloggers and community members here, but I can’t even be mad at this. Not even at the fact that he couldn’t think up a different name than “Lousy Canuck”. Seriously, this much work and effort is pretty much a work of art. It will provide LOLz, I’m sure. Just, probably more for the people it’s attempting to skewer than anyone else.

  19. 19
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Awww. I’m not in his comments.

    sad monkey

  20. 20
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    Stephanie Zvan #18,

    Thank you, yes that was it. Now I remember arguing with him. That was back when my nym was You_Monster.

    Ed from that thread,

    And not to re-hash it, but Watson has had no problem with sexist epitaphs like “don’t be a dick” or “reddit neckbeards”. These are sexist slurs aimed at or implicating males/maleness in the same offensive way as “twat” so I rather like the point being made. There’s more than one kind of privilege.

    What about teh menz!!!!111!!! Pathetic.

  21. 21
    Comradde PhysioProffe

    Did the parodist make up the comments, too?

  22. 22
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    Just, probably more for the people it’s attempting to skewer than anyone else.

    Undoubtably. The slimepitters think it is a serious representation of FtB. They are nodding their heads furiously as they read, with a serious expression on their faces. Maybe some will be smiling or laughing in delight, thinking that they are skewering FtB. That would be stupid of them, because it is such a pathetic parody (that took much time to create). But then again, they are quite stupid.

    On the whole, I agree with Kels at #17, this site is a good thing because it is so idiotic that it only makes the pitters look worse while saying nothing about FtB itself.

  23. 23
    Kels

    I suspect a number of his jokes are actually lifted from places like the slimepit, skeptical abyss and other detractors, rather than his own work.

  24. 24
    JT Eberhard

    I made the cut! I’m one of the six they hate the most!

    *badge of honor*

    Bow down! :)

  25. 25
    smhll

    Did the parodist make up the comments, too?

    I’m optimistically thinking that if they are over there parodying FtB posts and comments, then they won’t be over here so much parody-phrasing our points.

  26. 26
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    This is such a sad attempt that I couldn’t find it mildly amusing if I hated FTB and despised all though found in the blogs and comments. I know that every little shorthand dig at something (M$) isn’t meant to be funny, but this is a whole fake blog network of not even mildly interesting.

  27. 27
    PZ Myers

    #18: Ah, that comment thread at blaghag is a real source of humor. I especially liked the part where Ed Clint tells everyone else to slow down, there’s no need for insults. Also how he’s “troubled” by everyone else’s attitude.

    Comedy gold! And it’s true, his parody website makes it even funnier!

  28. 28
    TooManyJens

    This looks like it springs from the genius mind that came up with Mitt Romney’s latest campaign ad. “Obama put out an ad with me singing? Well… I’ll put out an ad with him singing! So there!”

  29. 29
    Brian

    Well, it’s not Nearly Zirconium….

    http://www.freethoughtblahgs.com/blunderf00t/2012/06/29/is-this-freethoughtblahgs-or-totalitarian-nazi-fascist-commie-thought-blahgs/

    Scroll down to comment #7.

  30. 30
    'Tis Himself

    I made the cut and I’m in the commentariat, not a blogger. Yea me!

  31. 31
    Daniel Fincke

    ‘Tis Himself says:

    I made the cut and I’m in the commentariat, not a blogger. Yea me!

    :(

  32. 32
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    PhysioProffe is already a parody of a real blog, to parody it would get way too meta.

  33. 33
    N_J

    No fucken PhysioProffe!?!?!?!?

    Parodying your pathetic blog would be like picking on a special-needs child.

  34. 34
    Ben Zvan

    I don’t think this freethoughtblahgs is actually parody. I think it’s the fruition of a research project involving several monkeys and a typewriter. Or perhaps five kittens with iPhones.

  35. 35
    thunk: turmite city

    No parody of me either. I’m not notable enough for this, lol.

  36. 36
    Erülóra Maikalambe

    Awww. I’m not in his comments.

    sad monkey

    Me neither. :(

  37. 37
    Kels

    No fucken PhysioProffe!?!?!?!?

    Risotto? They can’t HANDLE the risotto!

  38. 38
    The twelfth vote

    Wow. Just… wow. That’s a huge amount of effort you went to in order to make yourselves appear petty and childish on the Internet, for people who accused Jen and Rebecca of spending their entire lives “fucking around on the internet”. I’m sure your mothers would be proud.

  39. 39
    Drivebyposter

    I seriously would suggest not posting over there. You are apparently able to do so, but it requires submitting an email. I assume any emails submitted will be subject to spam

  40. 40
    Eristae

    Where are you all getting the idea that Ed Clint made that site?

  41. 41
    Drivebyposter

    Where are you all getting the idea that Ed Clint made that site?

    From Stephanie

    I know it’s him for the same reason I know what the parody of me would have been titled had it made the cut. Sources I trust came to me before it went live to tell me he had it in the works. So I’ve been waiting to see it for a little while.

    I’m not naming those sources unless I have to for legal reasons, because this does seem to bear out Ed’s reputation for being vindictive. Making the names public would be a bad way to repay a warning. So you get to decide whether to trust me on this.

    This isn’t definitive, however. And Ed has denied making the site.

  42. 42
    Jadehawk

    Awww. I’m not in his comments.

    me neither, AFAICT. I haz a disappoint.

  43. 43
    Eristae

    Ah, I see.

  44. 44
    Jadehawk

    I seriously would suggest not posting over there. You are apparently able to do so, but it requires submitting an email. I assume any emails submitted will be subject to spam

    that’s what spam-accounts are for.

  45. 45
    Ing

    How… are people still goign to go on about Free Thought Bullies after this?

  46. 46
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Well, that’s facebangingly bad.

    When will people realize: Satire is hard. Fail, and you come off looking like an unfunny jerk.

  47. 47
    Stephanie Zvan

    Ing, it’s apparently bullying to tie someone’s name to their work, donchaknow.

  48. 48
    D4M10N

    “…it’s apparently bullying to tie someone’s name to their work, donchaknow.”

    Sometimes it is: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/10/10/petty-internet-blackmail/

    Of course, that was from awhile back, when the rifts were fewer and shallower than now.

  49. 49
    felixBC

    Wow. That a *lot* of work. Whoever built it is going to have a hard time resisting bragging publicly, if anyone laughs. That might take a while, no?

    And whoever made it is a really, really boring (obsessive) person.

  50. 50
    Chas

    @D4m10n That post you referenced is rather similar to the treatment Laden gave to Abbie Smith. It’s not a wonder that you had this bookmarked and loaded for such an occasion. Thanks for that.

  51. 51
    eigenperson

    No fucken PhysioProffe!?!?!?!?

    I’m pretty sure your blog is a fixed point of the parody operator. There would hardly be any point.

  52. 52
    julian

    Of course, that was from awhile back, when the rifts were fewer and shallower than now.

    Thanks for helping make them so much deeper, D4M10N.

  53. 53
    Dunc

    Wow, that’s… special.

  54. 54
    embertine

    Wow, this is kind of adorbs, in a “seriously dude, get a job” kind of way.

  55. 55
    Chas

    @Julian Youre blaming the messenger? D4m10n didn’t write that post defending his friend who was being harassed in real life for what transpired on line.

  56. 56
    MyaR

    Jadehawk, I saw a Jadedparrot here.

    This is one of the stranger things to happen recently.

  57. 57
    Kels

    Closest analogy I can see in D4m10n’s link is the site creator is like TJ Swift, and Mr. Clint doesn’t want to be identified as a creepy obsessive (whether he created the site or not).

    The analogy to TF is weak at best, since Mr. Clint (a) doesn’t operate pseudonymously, and (b) isn’t having his employment threatened, or any other retaliation. So he must be referring to the stronger analogue, TJ Swift.

  58. 58
    Jenora Feuer

    You know, given the level of snark in the second line of PZ’s update about Ed denying responsibility, I’m not so sure about PZ actually taking Ed’s word for it…

  59. 59
    Jadehawk

    Jadehawk, I saw a Jadedparrot here.

    YESS!

    *clenched tentacle salute*

  60. 60
    The Nerd

    Don’t know who did it? Follow the link trail: http://www.skepticalabyss.com/?p=266 This guy claimed he got an email directly from the site owner, (as if we’re supposed to be believe the old “it’s for a friend” line). I’d know this writing style anywhere on the internet. It belongs to none other than Felch Grogan http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/12/09/victor-ivanoff-is-a-slimy-stalker/ Even if it’s not him, I’m sure FG would be proud of the attribution anyway.

  61. 61
    Jakie_paper

    I checked it out. I’m almost ready to declare this a Poe, or some sort of weird apology. Could it meant as some sort of meta-humor thing? Are the creators making fun of themselves for their own bigotry toward transgendered people by mocking FTBs folks for showing them a modicum of respect? (It’s in the comments.) Are they mocking themselves for being thick by claiming sexual harassment is as serious a problem as ducks? If Ed’s (or whoever’s) intent was to portray anyone but himself as an ass, he failed spectacularly. I’d prefer to believe that someone with this much time on their hands and obvious zeal for ….whatever this is, is a clever Poe instead a raving moron. Because, it’s just sort of sad if he’s serious.

  62. 62
    Anthony K

    Their side:

    ‘Tis.Wet.Himself
    Jadedparrot

    Our side:

    Who the fuck is Ed Clint?

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